The Grand Master

Lieutenant Colonel Milton K. Adams
155th (Quinte) BattalionMKAdams

Officer states that he is completely deaf in right ear and that in damp weather he has considerable pain and tenderness in ear. He complains of a constant foul and unpleasant discharge from antrum, discharge often abundant.

(“Medical History of Invalid,” 10 Sept 1918)

Milton Kerr Adams was an Orangeman, Grand Master of the Loyal True Blue Association and commanding officer of the 16th Regiment. He was born in South Marysburgh, Prince Edward County, Ontario on 29 July 1872. After the outbreak of the Great War, Adams became treasurer of the local Patriotic Fund. He resigned this position in November 1915 when he was authorized to raise the 155th based in Picton. At a recruitment rally in April 1916, ninety-two year old former Prime Minister Sir Mackenzie Bowell delivered an address to encourage enlistment.

When the 155th arrived in England in November 1916, it was merged with the 154th and 156th in the 6th Reserve Battalion. His son, twenty-year old Edwin Arnold Adams, fought with the 14th Battalion and wounded in June 1916.155th

Adams proceeded to France with Imperial Forces in late July 1917 and was attached to the 1st Army H.Q. He spent six months in the field before falling ill. He was diagnosed with P.U.O. (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) and returned to England in early February 1918. He became commanding officer of the Eastern Ontario Depot in England before leaving for Canada several months later.

Adams died on 26 December 1926.

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